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Albemarle Supervisors Discuss CHO, Northside Library, and Pay Increases

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The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met for their monthly meeting Wednesday. Supervisors tackled some items on their agenda – including moving the Northside Library to a new space and setting their own salaries.  They also had a surprise visit from the executive director at the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport.

CHO Executive Director Melinda Crawford came before supervisors to respond to questions and concerns about ongoing construction blasting that's created some concern. Crawford told supervisors that neighbors near the airport can expect a big decline in the number of blasts starting in June, dropping to only a few blasts every couple of weeks.

As for neighbors whose homes were damaged by construction of the runway safety area, Crawford says contractors have insurance and bonds in place to address claims.

"If there is damage associated with the project, that performance bond is in place to address that damage," said Crawford.

Some neighbors are also concerned about an ongoing issue in the area - carcinogenic material leaking into the water supply. They worry blasting could make the issue worse.

The airport says it has reached out to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality about those concerns, but has not heard from the agency about any potential issues.

Supervisors also approved the relocation and renovation of the Northside Library. It will move from its current home at Albemarle Square Shopping Center to a nearby building on West Rio Road. The building itself will cost the county $3 million, while renovations will top $8 million.  

Supervisors also approved a pay raise for themselves to keep up with the rate of inflation. Supervisor Dennis Rooker says supervisor pay raises only happen when county staff see the same bump on their pay checks.

"Basically, have the board take whatever pay increase, or no pay increase if that were the case, that staff received to somewhat de-politicize the issue," said Rooker.

Supervisor compensation will increase 2 percent starting July first. 

To read the meeting's full agenda, click here.

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